Mission Cantina

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Contact Info

Address: 172 Orchard St (Map)
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Cuisine: Mexican
Phone: (212) 254-2233
Price: $$


NoBread Facts

Gluten Free Menu: No

Cross Contamination: Yes

Malted Rice: No

Gluten Free Pasta: N/A

Gluten Free Bread: No

Gluten Free Taco Shells: Yes

So here's what we think...

I have to say it… how does a Mexican restaurant NOT serve guacamole?? I think Danny Bowien is unaware of my obsession. I learned about the absence of guacamole at Mission Cantina while I was en route to the restaurant, and I didn’t think I could possibly enjoy my dining experience as a result. Thankfully, several of Mission Cantina’s most popular orders are gluten free and between the abundance of nobread food, cool ambiance, and fun vibe, I left the restaurant full and satisfied…

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The menu at Mission Cantina is very nobread friendly. To start, I recommend the tortilla chips served with two salsas, shrimp and avocado tostada and pulpo (octopus) with potato tostada. The tostadas are big! And one tostada is good for two people.  All tacos can be made with corn tortillas (both corn and flour are served so make sure you specify the corn tortilla). The only tacos that are NOT nobread approved are the fish tacos (skate wing tempura) and alambres tacos (brisket) .The two entrees I’ve heard most about from Mission Cantina are the fried chicken and the whole rotisserie chicken, grilled- stuffed with rice, chorizo, raisins and pecans, and in a brown rice vinaigrette. As you can imagine, the fried chicken is NOT gluten free; however, to my pleasent surprise, the rotisserie chicken IS gluten free and the perfect entree to share amongst friends… if you haven’t hit a food coma by then. The burritos are another popular order at Mission Cantina, but these are made with a flour tortilla, amd they are not gluten free.

The service at Mission Cantina is great. Not only did my waiter have a full knowledge of which items on the menu were gluten free, but he was kind enough to double check everything with the kitchen when he placed the order. Furthermore, my friend and I felt ZERO rush while at the restaurant. Mission Cantina is known for its wait, but now I understand why! They allow their diners to sit back, relax, and enjoy their dining experience. Yes I craved guacamole throughout my (entire) meal, but that wasn’t anything a few margaritas couldn’t fix.